March 27, 2023

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Baseball returns to Montreal | Optimistic Bronfman, Plante needs public update

Baseball returns to Montreal |  Optimistic Bronfman, Plante needs public update

Businessman Stephen Bronfman is at least hopeful that baseball will return to Montreal on Tuesday after a meeting with Mayor Valerie Plante. However, this first and foremost calls for a public update on the project.

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“It’s going to be something for Montreal. And it’s not just a baseball stadium, it’s a community center for Montreal. It’s held 12 months a year. In the end, I want to restore a part of it. “Not much is happening in Montreal.”

A “press conference” is to be held in the coming months after Mr. Bronfaman’s leave. “We’m not at this point where we can make big announcements or give details, because our work is still going on, but it’s going to happen soon,” he said before adding: “There are still a lot of balls in the air, but there are fewer and fewer these days. We’re almost at the end. ”.

We’re going to be transparent, because that’s our style. This is what Quebecs, Montrealians and Canadians want: to see how this project will affect our lives in Montreal.

Stephen Bronfman, from the baseball Montreal team

The man, who heads the investment firm Claridge, also spoke at the Mayor Plante meeting about the “very good conversion” and said it was “very receptive”. “Everyone knows this is a very good project for Montreal. We’ve all together, we all have the same vision. We have to work together. But it definitely works,” Mr Bronfaman said with a laugh.

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The plant needs a public update

Valerie Plante, Mr. Following a meeting with Bronfman, she asked the Montreal baseball team on Tuesday to be transparent with the Montreals. She said her team had done “good work” but that it should now publicly explain its intentions for the arrival of the baseball team in the metropolis.

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Mayor of Montreal, Valerie Plante.

There is excitement, but there is a ghost in the details. We need a good project, the population is concerned. And there is a concern that I am sharing because this project should be socially and economically beneficial in the long run. I think that is the biggest question.

Valerie Plante, Mayor of Montreal

M with the hammer that the public update is “absolutely necessary”Me Plant. “The next step, for us, is to update the baseball group population, talk about their project, their vision and answer questions,” she told a news conference. Because there are so many of them. […] There are plenty of questions. ”

The head of Project Montreal reiterated that “Montreal is not a promoter of baseball” and “there will be no public funding from Montreal in this project for stadium construction”.

Quebec prudent, FCC outraged

Asked about this Monday, Prime Minister Franois Legalt said he was studying the idea of ​​”zero-cost” cooperation for taxpayers. “The mayor should support this project, which is an important file in the district in full development,” he said of the baseball stadium.

In early December, Press The Stephen Bronf‌man team for the baseball stadium project in Montreal has reportedly asked Quebec for financial assistance of up to a few hundred million dollars. Almost all of these scenes cost at least a hundred million dollars. For example, one of the scenes mentioned has about 300 million collaborations.

The Canadian Federation of Taxpayers (Quebec Director) lamented on Tuesday that such a rebate would be “equivalent to 54,000 Quebec taxpayers’ taxes,” estimating that Quebec would “receive an average of $ 5,600 in income tax from each taxpayer this year.” CFC), Renaud Brossard. “It’s hard to believe that the billionaire stadium project is the best place to spend tax money,” he said of all these people, “especially on the continent when you consider the state of the health care system and the fact that Quebecars are still highly taxed.”

“Decades of research in economics have shown that taxpayers suffer sustainably when their governments subsidize stadium construction,” Brosard said. “The government must reject this request and we do not understand why it takes so long to do so,” Mr. Brossard concluded.